Posted: Aug 3, 2010 5:16 AM by Sharlee Barriere
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Officials in northwest Louisiana plan to
hold a news conference Tuesday to release more details about the
deaths of six teenagers who drowned in the Red River after stepping
off a ledge from shallow water into a chasm about 20 feet deep.
Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief Fred Sanders said he believed
Monday's victims, ages 13 to 18, included three brothers in one
family and a sister and two brothers in another.
A seventh person, a 14-year-old, was rescued.
Sanders says the teens had started playing in a familiar area
but ended up at a spot in the river where the bottom fell suddenly
and that's where divers found the bodies.
The victims' names were not immediately released while officials
made sure relatives had been notified.